What’s the weather like in Marrakech in January?
Marrakech has a warm year-round climate due to its location in the north of Morocco close to the Sahara Desert. January’s one of the wettest months of the year, but you still won’t get much rain. If you’re going to Marrakech at this time you’ll have lots of warm and sunny weather.
Marrakech is in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, which stops the Sahara bringing it a completely dry climate. The mountains trap rain so you’ll find the weather’s quite similar to Mediterranean destinations.
The average high temperature in Marrakech during January is 19ºC, although it gets quite chilly at night and drops to 6ºC, so you’ll want to bring some warmer clothes for the evenings. Humidity’s low, while normal rainfall’s 32mm over six rainy days. You can expect ten hours of daylight with seven hours of sunshine each day and the UV levels will be moderate. Sunset’s at 5.40pm at the start of the month and gradually gets earlier.
Things to Do
The weather’s perfect in January for exploring Marrakech’s culture and history. Head to the medina and check out the countless souks, and stay around into the evenings to enjoy the night markets. Main square Jemaa el Fna is filled with acrobats, snake charmers and tasty street food, while there’s also lots to do outside the city itself. Visit the Atlas Mountains, Ouzoud waterfalls or Sahara Desert, where you can stay overnight at Erg Chebbi or Erg Chegaga’s dunes.